Centre for Educational Policy Studies
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Education

How should Europe handle the globalisation? An educational perspective.

June 2009, Ljubljana

Seminar on Higher Education in Europe
and in co-operation with CEE Network for Gender Issues and CEPS, Ljubljana
Tuesday, 30 June 2009, 10.00 – 14.00
University of Ljubljana, Kongresni trg 12, Ivan Hribar room.

Skills and human capital are of great importance for prosperity and social cohesion, for individuals and societies as a whole. All over the world, policymakers have realised this and invest heavily in education to boost their competitiveness. Europe needs to tackle this challenge.FEPS, the Foundation of European Progressive Studies, and Tankesmedjan, The Swedish Labour Movement Think Tank, are conducting a study on education in Europe, which covers the entire educational field from pre-school to R&D. The study will be led by Sweden’s former Minister for Finance, Pär Nuder, and should be completed at the end of 2009. Several experts from different European countries have been invited to contribute with sector studies. When the draft report are ready, workshops will be organized around Europe.

A report on Higher Education was commissioned to Prof. Pavel Zgaga from CEPS, the University of Ljubljana. A workshop which will discuss his draft report and other key issues will take place on Tuesday, 30 June 2009 from 10.00 until 14.00 at the University of Ljubljana, Kongresni trg 12, Ivan Hribar room.

 Research Report, Pavel Zgaga
 Power point presentation
 Critical Comments, Manja Klemenčič


09.30 – 10.00 Reception, coffee
10:00 – 10:15 Opening
• Chair; Sonja Lokar, CEE Network for Gender Issues
• Introduction; Pär Nuder, Sweden’s former Minister for Finance
10:15 – 11:00 Report on Higher Education; Pavel Zgaga
11:00 – 11:20 Critical Comments; Manja Klemenčič
11:20 – 11:45 Comments from participants
11:45 – 12:30 Open discussion
12:30 – 12:40 Conclusions
12:40    Lunch

Background – Pär Nuder, former Swedish minister of Finance, has been given the assignment by FEPS (Foundation of European Progressive Studies) to study and present solutions of how to improve Europe’s educational competitiveness. The project is arranged in co-operation with the Swedish think-tank, Arbetarrörelsens Tankesmedja. The assignment should be finished by autumn 2009. The seminar on higher education is the second in a row of seminars that will follow in Europe throughout 2009.


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